“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith…” Philippians 1:21-25   My Dad, a retired…

Ow! I got stung! “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow,…

I am a Mother, Bridesmaid, & Midwife “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” 2 Cor. 11:2 Some may look at my life and pity me given all I’ve missed in a typical American woman’s life. I am 48 years old and never had children. I was abandoned by two husbands. I have never been asked to be a bridesmaid. I have never hurried to the hospital to hold a friend’s hand as she gave birth. I have never…

I Can’t Do This!  “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil. 4:13 I was having one of those days. You know the kind. We all have them. I rushed around caring for the dogs to get ready for a doctor’s appointment. Finally ready. Appointment canceled. Ugh. The lab couldn’t find the bloodwork the nurse had drawn so the doctor could go over the results with me. So I shifted gears. I would stay home and work. I called to reschedule. The nurse told me to come in and get my blood drawn again. Argh. Shifted gears…

“Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:” 1 Peter 2:23 A woman told me once she loved her husband. This was a big deal. See, her husband didn’t treat her the way God commands husbands to love their wives. He didn’t treat her with love, kindness, gentleness, and tenderness, as a strong, vibrant, godly head of his home who lived for Christ and demonstrated it in his heart, words, and actions toward her. Not at all. The gritty details…

   “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” Romans 6:12-13 “I don’t want God in my bedroom,” a man told me once. He believed in Jesus Christ and called himself a Christian. But he was emphatic that he only wanted to give God entrance into some areas of his life. The bedroom…

 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14     A pastor friend of mine and I were chatting one day about how Satan tries to distract servants of Christ with chaos, drama, problems, and such to get us off course and out of position of being ready, available, willing, and yielded to serve Christ. He and another pastor, along with their wives, and I, who all cross paths in some of the ministry work we do, were all being bombarded with Satan’s tactics to pull us…

“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deut. 6:5 I was changing the diaper on paralyzed dog Mr. Simeon after a long and wonderful day loving and serving God as my ministry continued to rapidly grow when I started speaking to the Lord in my heart like I so often do. “God, when my life is over and I stand before you, I want to know that you felt loved by me.” Within a minute or so I knew I needed to get to…

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11:25-26 “How are you?” I asked the man when he answered the phone. We had crossed paths a few times as he had helped me with some ministry needs, but I didn’t know him well. He had always been polite on the phone, but curt. Though I had given him my latest book Follower and my…

 “…there is none among them that calleth unto me… And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this…When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard. Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me. And they…

“Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again,…

I Couldn’t Stop Falling    “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Galatians 3:3    “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:3 I never thought I would get to a point in my walk with the Lord in which I wasn’t falling flat on my face every other minute in one sin or another, struggling to no end to get up from the ground, cut, scraped, bruised, battered, disappointed, discouraged, frustrated, flustered, and upset with myself…

     “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12    “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105 One time I woke in the middle of the night and was too…

Volunteers Wanted Walk by Faith Ministry is growing, growing, and growing. I am ever trying to catch up as the Lord moves mightily through my heart, life & ministry in my life’s mission to share the Gospel while ministering the Lord’s love to a world in need, helping people to become and remain forever followers of the Lord Jesus Christ as an evangelist and author devoted 24-7 to the Lord and ministry. With no staff or regular volunteers, a very low personal income and a bare-bones budget, along with caring for the ministry’s 11 remaining special needs & senior rescued…

   “…Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105     “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Psalm 32:8 “It’s time to walk forward,” the Lord spoke to my heart as I knelt at the window praying and crying. I had just finished worshiping Him, singing to Him. I had just lost my severely disabled 10-pound dog Little Miss Miracles. I had lost another dog a few weeks earlier. And two other dogs in…

My Servant’s Heart “And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?” Deuteronomy 10:12-13 “You have such a servant’s heart,” a friend told me over the telephone. Yes, I do. “You have such a servant’s heart,” another friend told me years ago. I couldn’t see…

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Mt. 24:13 “I’ll be quick, I promise. I won’t talk. I wrote a list of her meds and what I want you to check. I know you’re busy,” I told my long-time vet as I watched him examine 10-pound Little Miss Miracles. I hadn’t called ahead. I had just showed up on a very busy day for his practice. He didn’t hesitate to squeeze me in. He had known my beloved Miracle since God had sent her to me nearly three…

 “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.” John 12:25-26 Years ago, I found myself handing out health food bars at a chain store in the Washington, DC, area for a sizable amount of money for the couple of hours I stood behind my table. I confess I didn’t just talk to store…

Seeker-Friendly HELL “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 I had just finished another rigorous walk loving, praising, worshiping God and seeking His face, basking in His nearness as I reached out to Him with my usual fervor in my heart, enjoying the mist of sweat in the oppressive heat, taking my dog Abigail off her leash when the thoughts started coming. This is how often subjects for devotionals and messages come to me. One thought here. Another there. Seemingly scattered. Then coming…

    “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7    “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”…

   “But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness: Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.” 1 Thess. 2:4-6 Growing up as one of the most unpopular kids in the class each year in school while my…

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Col. 3:2    So blessed you’re on the mend. So blessed you’re getting rest. So blessed you’re in my life. Blessed. I wrote the words quickly as they poured from my heart as I wrote a friend and sister in the Lord who was healing from a medical procedure. Suddenly it came to me. Was I writing about being blessed? Was love pouring from my heart? Was encouragement coming forth on the keyboard of my laptop computer as I wrote my friend? Had I just not…

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” Rev. 3:19 I stood on a NYC sidewalk years ago rapturously kissing my dream man. Drunkenly unabashedly kissing a raging, verbally abusive exceeding alcoholic was just the start of my questionable dreams. When I looked down at his hand when I came up for air from the sloppy, sloshy, drunken kisses, I saw his wedding ring back on his hand. Then I hungrily, thirstily, voraciously returned to kissing him and receiving “the proof” I was most assuredly loved, answering the never-ending cry of my…

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Col. 3:17 I would give just about anything to say I no longer lose my temper. But I would be lying. For despite some years now of desperately pleading with the Lord to help me to walk in His love – perfectly mind you – I still fall so very far short of His glory. Yes, I repent. I repent quickly. I repent with true godly sorrow, wanting more…

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Tim. 4:3-4 The ultimate perversion, the sickest and most wicked of all perversions, may not be what you think. In this day and age you can only imagine – or not – how heinously perverted some people’s imaginations and actions are. Evil is rampant, the world is becoming darker, the news is…

The “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”” Matthew 16:24-25 ESV For about 14 years, my long-time pastor traveled back and forth almost monthly between inner city Savannah, GA, and Haiti to preach God’s Word, show people the love of the Lord Jesus Christ, and distribute food, clothing, tents, etc. to those in extreme need. He so refused…

Just Say Yes  “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end…And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:31-38     Could anything have sounded crazier to…

   “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” Psalm 119:133    “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” Psalm 37:23 “Do you know how many steps I walked yesterday?” my beloved Mom asked me when she came for a visit. “I can tell you!” she exclaimed. And so she did. She wasn’t so interested in how many steps she actually walked, but was sharing her awe at how thanks to technology on her telephone her every step gets tracked…

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Col. 3:15-17 I’m not the greatest sleeper. I toss. I turn. I…

The Woman Who Couldn’t Read “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Col. 3:12-14 ESV “I have a sixth grade education,” a woman told me one day. She had grown up without electricity and running water and was abused as a child and in her marriage. She had called me…

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